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Mar 9, 2010

Top oil user, producer agree on oil dominance

HOUSTON, March 9 (Reuters) – The world’s top oil producer
and consumer agreed on one thing when they took the podium at a
high-profile energy conference on Tuesday: The world is
unlikely to kick its oil habit anytime soon.

Representing Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude oil
exporter, Khalid al-Falih told the CERAWeek conference that a
head-long rush to develop alternative energy sources could lead
to a “green bubble” akin to the boom-bust cycle that has hit
the U.S. housing market. [ID:nN09240521]

Mar 2, 2010

In Texas governor showdown, nice doesn’t cut it

HOUSTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Tuesday’s primary election to
decide which Republican will run for Texas governor has put a
spotlight on the party’s national identity crisis after it lost
the White House to Democrats in 2008.

One one side of the showdown is incumbent Rick Perry, the
state’s longest-serving governor, representing social
conservatives rooted in the politics of former President Ronald
Reagan.

Feb 18, 2010

Obama says his commitment to NASA is “unwavering”

HOUSTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday said his commitment to NASA was “unwavering” after his administration’s 2011 budget slashed funding to return U.S. astronauts to the moon.

“My commitment to NASA is unwavering,” Obama said on a video-conference with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Speaking from the White House, Obama called the outpost orbiting 200 miles above the Earth “a testimony to human ingenuity.”

Feb 16, 2010

Houston aims to be electric car capital

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Houston, nicknamed the Petro Metro for the profusion of oil and gas companies that dot its skyline, is an unlikely host for an electric-car revolution.

But the fourth-biggest U.S. city that claims the title of the “Energy Capital of the World” is competing with cities like San Francisco to be the nation’s electric car capital.

Feb 11, 2010

Charlie Wilson, lawmaker of movie fame, dies at 76

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson, the swashbuckling Texan chronicled in film for helping secure billions of dollars to fund covert U.S. operations against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s, died on Wednesday of cardiac arrest. He was 76.

Wilson, a Democrat, served 12 consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, and was known as the “Liberal from Lufkin,” the town in mostly conservative east Texas where he lived.

Feb 10, 2010

Shuttle Endeavour docks with space station

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, carrying the station’s last two main components.

After lighting up the sky in a predawn launch from its Florida space port on Monday, Endeavour spent most of Tuesday closing in on the station, 215 miles above the Earth.

Jan 15, 2010

Hunters force lock-down at Texas nuclear arms plant

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A pair of duck hunters prompted a lock-down at a Texas nuclear weapons plant on Friday but there was no security threat, officials said.

Officials at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, which maintains the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, ordered a lock-down at about 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST), plant officials said in a statement.

Dec 14, 2009

Houston eyes Asia trade as Panama Canal expands

LA PORTE, Texas (Reuters) – Warehouses holding everything from beer kegs to frozen chickens crowd the roadside along Highway 146 south of Houston, and a ferocious building boom is adding acres more, thanks to an even bigger project 1,800 miles away in Panama.

A $5.25 billion plan to triple the Panama Canal’s capacity finishes in 2014, opening the way to Houston for mega-sized cargo vessels that can’t squeeze through the canal’s current locks and don’t want to steam around South America.

Nov 13, 2009

Fort Hood suspect may be permanently paralyzed

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of murder in the Fort Hood Army base shootings may be permanently paralyzed from the waist down due to the gunshots used to subdue him, his lawyer said on Friday.

John Galligan, a retired Army colonel appointed to represent Major Nidal Malik Hasan during an upcoming military trial, also said Hasan, 39, could face more charges.

Nov 12, 2009

Fort Hood shooting suspect charged with 13 murders

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has charged a military psychiatrist with 13 counts of murder in last week’s shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army base, which shocked the country as it prepared to celebrate Veterans Day.

An Army spokesman said on Thursday that Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, was charged with murdering the 13 victims of the November 5 rampage at Fort Hood, the world’s biggest military facility.

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      "Chris has been a journalist for Reuters since 2001, when he joined the Washington DC bureau as a summer intern. As a correspondent in Washington, Chris covered energy policy, reported on Congress, the Supreme Court and federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. As Houston Bureau Chief, Chris oversees a team of five reporters and covers general news topics like the BP oil spill, hurricanes, NASA, and national politics. In addition, Chris oversees a team of Power and Gas reporters in New York and Houston."
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